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Machine Feeder/Offbearer  What They Do

Just the Facts


Feeds materials into or removes materials from machines or equipment that is automatic or tended by other workers.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Inspects materials and products for defects, and to ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Removes materials and products from machines and equipment, and places them in boxes, trucks or conveyors, using hand tools and moving devices.
  • Pushes dual control buttons and moves controls to start, stop, or adjust machinery and equipment.
  • Loads materials and products into machines and equipment, or onto conveyors, using hand tools and moving devices.
  • Identifies and marks materials, products, and samples, following instructions.
  • Cleans and maintains machinery, equipment, and work areas to ensure proper functioning and safe working conditions.
  • Weighs or measures materials or products to ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Fastens, packages, or stacks materials and products, using hand tools and fastening equipment.
  • Records production and operational data, such as amount of materials processed.
  • Adds chemicals, solutions, or ingredients to machines or equipment as required by the manufacturing process.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Automatic Spooler Operator -- Feeds and off bears section of spooling machine that ties yarn ends automatically and transfers yarn from bobbins to cheeses (spools containing small amount of yarn).
  • Black Powder Glazing Operator -- Feeds grain powder, graphite, and other materials into mechanically rotated glazing barrels that smooth out and lubricate powder and then opens barrel door to discharge contents into containers.
  • Calcine Furnace Loader -- Performs variety of duties to assist calcine-furnace tender in baking pigments to bring out color.
  • Cork Pressing Machine Operator -- Positions tubes of ground-cork mixture into slots of machine that compresses material into rods.
  • Curing Press Operator -- Feeds and off bears machines that cure (vulcanize) tires.
  • Felt Tipping Machine Tender -- Feeds machine that shapes felt tips for stencil marking pens.
  • Printed Circuit Board Panels Deburrer -- Feeds and off bears machine that automatically cleans and removes burrs from panels for production of printed circuit boards.
  • Shingle Shearing Machine Operator -- Feeds asbestos boards into hopper of power shearing and punching machine that cuts boards into shingles and punches holes in each shingle for installation.
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